The full address to your Process Library's Live site may be a little complex to be easily memorable:
(which forwards to this, which is even less so!
A simpler address, perhaps using just a more meaningful 'alias', is an easier alternative. Something of this form:
There are two aspects to enabling the use of such an address.
- An alias defined in DNS to map the 'friendly' host name you want to use to the server name.
- Configuring a landing page (a 'default document', in IIS parlance) that forwards to the desired library site.
Define a DNS alias
Using the above example, 'MyProcessLibrary' needs to be defined as a DNS alias for the server, 'MyServerName'.
Configure a landing page (default document)
A default document is created in the website root, and configured to forward to the desired process library website.
- On the Triaster server, open IIS Manager.
- In the left-hand pane, expand the tree so you see 'Default Web Site' and its applications and virtual directories listed beneath it.
[Computer] ([User]) > Sites > Default Web Site
- Check the root folder associated with 'Default Web Site'.
This is usually 'C:\Inetpub\wwwroot', but it may have been reconfigured, so let's check.
- Right-click 'Default Web Site' > Manage Web Site > Advanced Settings...
- Check the location of 'Physical Path'.
- Create a new default document (a default landing page)
- Configure IIS to use the new default document.
- In IIS Manager, in the left-hand pane, click 'Default Web Site'.
- In the middle pane, under 'IIS', double-click 'Default Document'.
You'll see a hierarchy of file names (the files won't necessarily exist).
- Click on 'index.htm' (which you've just created).
- On the right, click 'Move Up' so that 'index.htm' is at the top of the list.
You should now find that when you execute this URL:
you should be forwarded to the Live site of the Process Library. If not:
- Try restarting IIS (e.g. execute 'iisreset' (without quotes) at an Administrator command prompt, or there's a 'Restart' option in IIS Manager).
- Try this address:
If this address works, it's a DNS look-up issue. The alias isn't being identified with the server name.
This procedure includes a few assumptions, but if there are problems, consider these points:
- The Process Library websites are hosted under 'Default Web Site'. If not, just look for the physical folder associated with the hosting website in the same way.
- An 'index.htm' file doesn't already exist. If one does, create a new default document with a different name, e.g. index.html (whatever, really), and configure that in IIS Manager.
- The Process Library is called 'Process Library'. If not, change the reference in 'index.htm' to point to the correct name.
- There are similar forwarding pages implemented in these folders:
That would be a standard feature, so should be a safe assumption.